Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Runfie Stick

The Runfie Stick solves a complex problem for the modern runner. How do I draw as much attention to myself and the event I'm doing without having to wait until the finish line or rely on friends or family? Enter Martin Spierings, long time runner, coach and Silicon Valley entrepreneur.
Runfie Stick
Athletes test early prototypes of the Runfie Stick

"Being Australian, I felt a bond with the 'selfie' phenomenon which originated in Australia" he said.

Spierings saw opportunity in the new breed of runners, an annoying bunch of narcissists who are more about self-promotion than self-improvement and who feel the need to further aggrandize themselves in real time by taking Runfies. After working on a prototype of the stick, which retracts into a small cylinder, he approached FuelBelt.

"FuelBelt was the perfect company at the perfect time to provide a transport solution for the Runfie Stick. They figured eventually runners will realize that it's useless to carry around your own own stupid little bottles when most races will hand you drinks every mile or so. So they were happy to develop an attachment for my device", explained Spierings.

The Runfie Stick is fully connected with all the major social media sites and GPS sharing apps. You can even pre-load hashtags and descriptions, if you had any self-respect left, and wanted to avoid stopping at the side of the road to type your update.

If development goes according to plan you should be able to get a Runfie Stick at a Rock 'n Roll Marathon Expo by early 2017. The only color available will be match your compression socks.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Should Fog Cancel A Triathlon Swim?

Seems like Ironman are very quick to pull the plug on the swim when conditions get tricky. Athlete safety is often cited as the concern. Although it seems hundreds of often moderately trained athletes cycling and running for over 12 hours in 100 degree heat doesn't classify as an athlete safety risk. There are inherent risks in the sport and changing environmental conditions is part of the sport's appeal. Are organizers doing enough to save the swim when things get tricky?

The Ironman 70.3 Austin swim was cancelled this morning because of fog and in an instant the hours of swim training and preparations of triathletes competing were for naught. 

A video posted by Sean B. Garick (@push_ur_limits) on

Moments before the eventually cancelled swim leg at Austin 70.3

These events aren't cheap so perhaps resources could be allocated to solutions. How about a line a kayaks equipped with flares every 100 yards? Could a fog horn be employed to guide wayward swimmers? Doesn't sound impossible. There are a mass of people. If the leaders are properly led and surrounded with some extra sighting support we should be able to get athletes from A to B.

Agreed, it's not ideal but were triathlons meant to be easy? For once, strong swimmers would have some difficulties to be able to distinguish themselves. And, really, what's the worse that can happen? Some athletes take a wrong turn and wash up on the shore. Is there actually a "threat" especially in a closed water environment of someone swimming to China? Triathletes should take some time to properly prepare in a variety of open water conditions and organizers should honor that work by holding the event whenever it's possible.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Exercises In A Lower Limb Splint

Posterior Lower Leg Splint and Dumbbells!

I recently had achilles tendon surgery which put me in a lower limb splint for two weeks. I put together a triathlon specific strength workout that can be completed at home with just a bench and a set of dumbbells. None of the exercises will put any pressure on your foot that could slow the healing.

Sit Ups

Modified Push Ups

Alternate Leg and Arm Raises

Dumbbell Press

Bent-Over Row

may need to modify so both knees are up on the bench if having leg down causes too much pressure

Triceps Dumbbell Extensions

Bicep Curls

These can be done sitting

Dumbbell Lateral Raises

I did these on a flatter incline so I didn't have to support with my legs

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Team Clif Bar Athlete Sponsorship

Updated: October 22, 2016

Team Clif Bar takes on all endurance athletes. A long running program they are coy with the details on their website. There are over 100 athletes profiled on their website. As of posting they say they are not taking any new relationships.

What you get:
Unclear from the website. Looks as though there are different levels involved and the packages are individualized. Obviously you and Macca aren't going to get the same deal.

What you do for them:
Also unclear. Doesn't look like a mandatory uniform from the pics on the profiles

How to Apply:
You send in an application by email as either a proposal or resume.

Waiting for feedback from the company and athletes before making any conclusion about the value of being on Team Cliff Bar.

Santa Cruz Triathlon Calendar 2017

Triathlons in Santa Cruz County:
August 13
Olympic, Sprint
September 10
Half Ironman
September 24
Olympic, Sprint

Triathlons local to Santa Cruz (within 50 mile radius):
Triathlon Date Distance
March 5
April 23
Olympic, Sprint
May 21
California Triathlon (Pleasanton)
June 25
Olympic, Sprint
August 27
Olympic, Sprint

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mako Goggles Review - Goblin Mirror Red

Disclaimer: provided a free pair by Mako.

These goggles are perfect. First the seal. I've tried everything from super cushy foam to swedish style hard plastic and the rims on the Mako Goblin Red Mirror (MSRP $28.00) strike the right balance with a firm but comfortable seal. The other feature I like about the goggle that I've hard problems with in the past is not enough clearance in front of the eyes which . These pop out enough to have that not be an issue and I doubt it hurts hydrodynamics enough.

The clear but mirrored tint of the goggles make it an effective goggle for overcast or bright conditions. The band is rounded but has a secure fit and is easy to adjust. My only criticism is the red tint make it hard to see the red hand on the timing clock at the pool!

Enter coupon code tricoachmartin for 10% off Mako wetsuits and gear.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Mako Wetsuit Review

Disclaimer: They gave me one.

So I broke one of my golden rules and used the Mako Extreme wetsuit ($750) in a race without training in it first. I arrived late 20 minutes before the start of a mid-week swim/run event and threw it on for the first time.

My first impression of the Mako was that it was super easy to get on. It shouldn't really be an evaluating factor but it was nice not to struggle with a wetsuit for 10 minutes just to put it on. Especially when you're running late! It was equally easy to take off in T1. Which IS a performance advantage.

I had ordered an XL, which was my size from the online sizing chart and it fits well. I really like the long arms. Too often wetsuits will pull up too far up on the wrist but this one I was able to pull it over my shoulders properly and still cover the wrist completely.

The other thing I noticed was the flexibility around the shoulders and forearms. I've personally never had a problem feeling constricted in a wetsuit but I often hear from athletes that they feel like long-sleeved wetsuits work against them when they are lifting their arms out of the water. This will be used as a reason to go sleeveless (which is always a much slower option). The Mako was the most flexible suit I've experienced around the shoulders.

The other peculiarity of the Mako is you pull the zip down on the back to secure and up towards the neck to take it off. I prefer this method as I find it less awkward to rip off getting out of the water running up the beach but some people don't like it or aren't used to it.

The only potential negative I found was some pretty bad wetsuit rash around the neck after swimming in it. There are two seams around the neck area which I haven't seen in some other suits but if you're extra generous with the Bodyglide to avoid abrasion that resolves the problem.

If you want to learn more visit their U.S. website (you have to go to the Mako Shop tab to actually purchase). If you enter "tricoachmartin" at checkout you'll get 10% off any purchase.